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More on the Perils of Sitting and the Posture Solution April 30, 2014

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On my website I have a short article called “Achy From Sitting Too Much – Try These Exercises” about the problems associated with too much sitting in our society and beyond. I just came across a very detailed account of this problem in an article at Mind Body Green where it publishes an info graphic from FastCompany. Both websites are new to me but I am glad to see this problem get more attention. See below:

Just from the time I wrote the article a few years ago to now things have apparently gotten much worse in this regard. See how your own experience stacks up to these statistics in the info graphic.

In my article I point out that the “design requirements” of our human body are not at all met by the preponderance of sitting, computer use and so on. Our bodies get bent out of shape as muscles are disused and our bony frame misaligned, causing us much grief.  Hey, we evolved as upright beings after all! This all reveals the need to give the body the physical stimulus that is lacking in the sitting posture.  The exercises at the bottom of the article are examples of using posture alignment therapy developed by Pete Egoscue to do just that. Give them a try and tune into the muscles that are being used throughout. This routine won’t solve all your problems but give a sense of using postural muscles meant to get daily use. Feel free to contact me if you need more specific input.

In the meantime – stop sitting so much and get more active, your body will love you for it!

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The Future is Bright September 3, 2013

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Here is a nice illustration of gains being made in transforming the electric grid around the world from fossil fuel based to renewable based sources.

10 Workouts From Mark Sisson – Short and Sharp! March 25, 2013

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Here is a link to a recent post at Mark’s Daily Apple. It focuses on 10 different high intensity workouts that can be completed in 10 minutes. The caveat I would add to these is to pay attention to the posture part of the equation. If you have questions about this contact me or leave a comment. Everyone is going to present some alignment deviation that may pose problems with a high intensity endeavor. So I augment the approach he is advocating to include the posture component. So for example if one has rounded shoulders and forward head it is a good idea to do a short “corrective posture” preliminary to the routines he is talking about. Another example might be if your legs are not symmetrical in functioning there are some things that could be done prior to give more balance to the physical structure and hence gain more from the workouts and reinforce postural balance. That being said, I by and large like a lot of his ideas expressed in this post.

10 Workouts in 10 Minutes from Mark’s Daily Apple

 

What Not To Do For Back Pain November 20, 2012

Posted by jeffrooney in Back Pain, Egoscue, Fitness, Uncategorized.
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Read this article from the NY Times called “How Back Pain Turned Deadly”. It is about the proliferation steroid injections for symptomatic relief of back pain. Over the years I have seen many clients who have gone this route. In some cases it might have been a reasonable choice to dial back the pain. But this article reveals a dark side of the whole endeavor. I recommend seeking the deeper causes of pain issues rather than chasing the symptom. Take a look:

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Land of a Billion Vegetables October 15, 2012

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Land of a Billion Vegetables

Another thought-provoking article from Mark Bittman of the New York Times about where our vegetables come from. He raises raises some questions directly about the implications of providing a great majority of the countries vegetables from a single area such as the California central valley. But also it begs other questions about a more sustainable approach to our national food production system. I have traversed a good section of the very area he talks about and it is truly quite stunning to drive a bizillion miles of agriculture on both sides of the highway witnessing both back-breaking work in the fields and incredible machinery, things like endless rice paddies that just don’t seem to belong there and so on.

Lovely Bugs in the Food September 14, 2012

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This is just a short little post that features an article I just read from a recent NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/12/dining/buttermilk-often-maligned-begins-to-get-its-due.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all. It is a nice story about butter milk – what it is and where it comes from and the sort of revival it is getting in certain quarters these days. My dad used to gulp down butter milk and I always thought it was gross! He was from an early Irish immigration so maybe he knew something that I never learned to appreciate. There is great value to fermented foods and the cultures (the bugs or bacteria) they bring to our bodies. We need those guys for optimum digestion but you would not know that in our current culture where sterilization is king. So take a look at the article. I think savoring our food, learning what real food is, learning to appreciate the gifts of food our planet brings us, including the little bugs – is something that can bring joy to the table.

I am volunteering and attending a Fermentation Festival this weekend at Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma this Sunday Sept 16 so I am sure to learn much more will be happy to share in another post. The past few years I have been doing my own kefir, creme fraiche and lately I am trying fermentations with apple juice to make cider and vinegar. Yummm! Go to www.farmtofermentation.com for more details.

Have more fun with your food – that is my motto for today!

Nasa Video on Perseid Showers August 11, 2012

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New Rolling Stone Article From Bill McKibben July 23, 2012

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New Rolling Stone Article From Bill McKibben

McKibben’s latest in depth article about the three important numbers to dissect in understanding global warming and the consequences of run away math!

Achy From Sitting Too Much? Try These Exercises! July 8, 2012

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Recently I posted an article to WaccoBB.net about the vast amounts of sitting we do and the toll it can take on our body. Take a look and give the exercises a try after a long day. Let me know how it goes.

http://www.waccobb.net/forums/showthread.php?88097-Achy-From-Sitting-Too-Much-Try-These-Egoscue-Exercises!&highlight=egoscue

Worthwhile blog entry on posture October 16, 2009

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I do a google alert on The Egoscue Method and a blog came up called “Marks Daily Apple” that has a thought provoking take on posture. Worth a look: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/improve-posture/

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